‘Friends, Romans and Countryside’ a floral adventure in Bath with Katherine Kear

Tour Dates
Thursday 7 July 2022
Saturday 9 July 2022

Join NAFAS Chair Katherine Kear on this fascinating three-day tour of Bath and Wells, filled with history, flowers and gardens

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A wonderful way to see and spend time with Flower Friends

Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a well-being destination since Roman times. Taking inspiration from this wonderful part of England and its history, NAFAS Chairman Katherine Kear will be hosting this special tour, with a  two-night stay in central Bath and lots of great floral fun. Enjoy visits to historical sites in Bath and the pretty cathedral town of  Wells, as well as to meet an artisan flower grower and florist - with floral demonstrations and talks with local experts along the way. Katherine will also judge the Chairman's Challenge: to create (and wear) a Roman wreath of your own design. 

 

Katherine Kear NAFAS Chairman

 

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Victoria Park Bath

What we love

River Avon Bath

Experiences you will treasure

What people say

Flower have souls says Katherine Kear

 I have always believed that flowers have souls and so, in arranging them and looking at them, you get a moment of peace.

Katherine Kear, NAFAS Chairman

How much is it?

£475pp
Additional nights available price TBC
£80 Single Room Supplement
Please let us know if you might be interested
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The Weir in Bath

What's included in your holiday

Wells Cathedral

Itinerary - what you will do when

Sarah Wilson Comptono Flower Farm

Sarah Wilson of Compton Flower Farm

Double Tree by Hilton hotel Bath

Where you will stay

Coral Gardiner

A Deeper Dive

Wells Cathedral Bishops Palace

Built between 1175 and 1490, Wells Cathedral has been described as ‘the most poetic of the English Cathedrals’. Set in the medieval heart of England’s  (second) smallest city, Wells is the earliest English cathedral built in the Gothic style. Most famous for having the country’s largest collection stained glass windows, the Jesse Window is one of the most splendid examples of 14thC stained glass in the whole of Europe. Other highlights include the Wells Clock, believed to be the oldest clock mechanism in the UK, the fascinating octagonal Chapter House, the rare chained library, the magnificent West Front and the beautiful ‘scissor arches’ supporting the central tower. 

Wells Somerset


Adjoining the Cathedral is Vicar’s Close, believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England. Originally designed to provide communal accommodation for the Vicars Choral, who sang daily worship in the Cathedral, a tradition that continues to this day. The houses which line the close were built in the 14thC (the iconic chimneys were added in the 15thC) under the direction of Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury. There were originally 42 houses, one for each vicar, but following the decision during the Reformation to allow vicars to marry, some were combined. Today there are 27 residences, a chapel, library, treasury and muniment (title deed) room. There is also a dining room connected to the Cathedral by a covered walkway known as the ‘Chain Gate Bridge’. 

Wells Cathedral Ceiling

 

The Bishops Palace


This splendid medieval palace has been the home of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for more than 800 years, ever since the first Bishop received a crown licence to build a residence and deep park to the south of the cathedral. This uniquely moated palace has an imposing gatehouse with portcullis and a drawbridge so you feel as though you are entering a castle. Inside the walls you will find a Great Hall, the Bishop’s private chapel and 14 acres of beautiful, RHS Partner gardens that include an arboretum, a Community Garden and a tranquil Garden of Reflection. 

The Bishops Palace Wells Somerset



Roman Baths

Constructed in around 70AD as a grand complex for bathing and socialising, The Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. The city’s unique thermal springs still rise in the site, filling it with 1,170,000 litres of natural hot water every day. The Baths are at the site of extensive ruins where you can step back in time. Walk on original Roman pavements, explore the chambers that housed changing rooms and tepid plunge pools and see the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva, the sacred area where Roman worshippers gathered to pray to the goddess Sulis Minerva and made sacrifices at the great altar.

 

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